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How to Collect Drinkable Water in a Pinch
What do you do if you need water but cannot sterilize it? Well, one approach would be to just ignore the warnings about sterilizing your water before drinking. While this will quench your thirst and prevent dehydration, it can in turn make you sick at the least and at the most kill you. But what is worst, dying of dehydration or from the water you drink? Well, you do not have to make that decision now. The technique below will allow you to collect enough drinkable water to keep you going until things improve. What is this secret trick, continue reading to find out.
To begin this technique, you will first need to gather a few things. The first thing you will need is a shirt that is big enough to go around your waist and hang down over your butt. The next thing you need is an area with tall grass. Finally, you will need to have the desire to walk.
Once you have your supplies together, the next step is to open up shirt, take the sleeves, and tie it around your waist or hips. You want the shirt to hang low enough so that it goes through the tall grass as you walk. After you have your shirt tied around your waist or hips, the next step is to take a walk but only during the morning hours before the sun dries the dew. Why is this? Well, how this water collecting technique works is as you walk through the tall grass your shirt will brush up against the grass while absorbing the water off the blades. Continue to walk but do not walk for hours. To maximize the efficiency of this approach, one will need to “wring out” your shirt often. The water from your shirt is fresh, and disease-free, which means it is drinkable and “wring it out” often will allow you to collect more water.
Ok, I know what you are thinking. What if I do not have an extra shirt to use for water collection? Well, you do have another choice but it may not be one that you want to take. You can still do the same thing with your pants but it will take a lot more effort to “wring” them out. If you find yourself in this situation, consider using something else. Need some ideas? How about a blanket or bath towel? The key is to make sure it is long enough to go through the grass.